In March, we were thrilled to announce the path-breaking Thomasson Scholarships, providing four years of tuition, room, board, books and support for study abroad to two deserving bachelor’s degree students. We thank the Thomasson Family for this special gift.
We also shared the wonderful news of the appointment of Dr. Shariq Siddiqui as director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative and assistant professor of philanthropic studies. And we welcomed two finalists for the position of director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.
Early in the month, I had the pleasure of conversations with John Lechleiter, former CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, and Michael Gilligan, president of the Henry Luce Foundation, about the notion of a think tank on philanthropy. I caught up with our board member Derrick Feldmann and Bill Moses of The Kresge Foundation. We also welcomed Matt Treadwell from the IU Foundation, who will be joining the team of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy on a temporary basis.
I had the privilege of chairing the search committee for the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs for IUPUI. In Washington, I attended the 2019 Smithsonian conference on the power of giving, with this year’s focus on health and medicine. I was also pleased to join a leadership gathering of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as part of a special program with The Fund Raising School.
We welcomed a delegation from UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, along with our partner in Mexico, Procura, to discuss ways of collaborating on training and scholarly seminars. We had a reunion of former board members as Dan Yates and Stephanie Goodrid Lawson joined a breakfast in honor of Marcela Rovzar, a former board member and the founder of Procura, who also took advantage of her visit to engage with students and faculty.
As part of the Mays Institute Diverse Speaker Series, Professor Noah Drezner of Columbia University spoke about “Queering Philanthropy: Emerging Research on Alumni Giving From and Supporting the LGBTQ Communities.” We also welcomed to the school for the first time Claudia Cummings, the new president of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, a vital organization for our state and a long-time partner of the school.
Eugene R. Tempel Dean